People often ask me, “Where do you find this stuff?” They might be talking about the hymns/songs we sing on Sunday, a particular book I mention, or, as in the case of today’s service, a resource from breads from around the world.
In short, I keep my eyes and ears open all the time, and I never discount a source. Some of the best materials come from some of the more unlikely sources.
Example: Music. Here are the hymnals I consult regularly (as in every week, no exceptions): Trinity Hymnal (1990, PCA/OPC), Rejoice in the Lord (RCA), Psalter Hymnal (1987, CRC), The Hymnbook (1955, published jointly by pretty much every Presbyterian/Reformed denomination in existence at the time), The Hymnal (1982, ECUSA), Baptist Hymnal (1975, but I wish I had the 1991 one too), and The Worshiping Church (1990, Hope Publishing Company). There are others that I consult at least monthly, including Gather: Comprehensive (GIA Publications), Lutheran Worship (1982, LCMS), The Lutheran Hymnal (1941, LCMS), Lutheran Book of Worship (1978), The Moravian Hymnal (1969), Hymns for the Living Church (1974, Hope Publishing Company), and The Australian Hymn Book (1977).
The only reason the Presbyterian Hymnal: Hymns, Psalms, and Spiritual Songs (1990) is not on the above list is that I don’t have a copy, but I really, really wish I did. (Was that a brazen enough hint for my dear readers?)
Now, what about those bread recipes for today? Most of them came from a series of pamphlets called “Breads Around the World.” There are six pamphlets in all: Middle East, Caribbean, Chile, India, China, and Africa. Each pamphlet contains 2-3 bread recipes from that country or region, plus a lot of information about what life is like in those countries and how Christians are ministering to the people of those areas. Each one also contains a Communion liturgy drawn from the worship of the indigenous peoples represented in the pamphlet.
“Breads Around the World” is a great resource not only for World Communion Sunday, but also for world hunger emphases such as OGHS, Week of Compassion, or Love Loaf (which we are doing right now), or for mission conferences, Sunday School, VBS, etc.
The “Breads Around the World” pamphlets were prepared by Global Ministries, a cooperative venture of the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). If you’d like to get copies of “Breads Around the World”, click on the Global Ministries link and scroll down to the bottom of the page, where you’ll find the telephone number to order this great resource.